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Souvenir makers want tax break, income compensation after 90 sales drop

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Estonian Association of Souvenir Manufacturers and Sellers argues that to ensure the sector’s survival, the support measures applied to the tourism sector must be extended to it, the sector should be compensated for losses caused by the emergency situation and exempted from all taxes until the end of 2021. In a letter to the Riigikogu finance and economic affairs committees and ministries, Madis Medri, board member of the association,…

Latvia: State of emergency will almost certainly be extended

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said in a press conference November 24 that the state of emergency in the country will almost certainly be extended. The Minister said that the situation is stabilizing but there is as yet no decrease in infection numbers. It is forecast that over the next month the number of people in hospitals will grow further. “Unfortunately people are tired [of restrictions] and possibly there are financial reasons…

Health Board critical of stores advertising ‘Black Friday’ sales

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Health Board has said it is ready to fine businesses advertising “Black Friday” (Must Reede) sales taking place in their stores rather than online. The agency believes they are acting irresponsibly. Hanna Sepp, head of the Infectious Diseases Surveillance and Epidemic Department of the Health Board, said: “We really do not recommend campaigns that encourage sales. “With the upcoming Black Friday campaign, it’s clear that these have been very…

Diesel price rises above one euro per liter

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Diesel prices in Estonia have risen above the one-euro-per-liter mark for the first time since spring. A liter of diesel at pump now costs €1.039 per liter, having dipped just under a eurofrom the beginning of May . This followed a slump in global oil prices, a slashing of domestic excise duties on diesel and the effects of the pandemic, making Estonia’s diesel the cheapest in the Baltics where it…

Prices of electricity packages vary from seller to seller

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Seven sellers offer electricity to consumers across Estonia. According to data from Go OÜ, the operator of comparing websites Elektrihind.ee and Gaasihind.ee, the price difference between the most expensive and cheapest package is €26 for variable packages and €62 for fixed packages. Kert Valbet, Go spokesperson, said that switching electricity packages can be compared to changing mobile network operators, where the service provider can offer the consumer a better deal…

Maintenance to cause possible disruptions of Smart-ID, Mobile-ID

Monday, November 23, 2020

SK ID Solutions said on Monday that it will be performing scheduled maintenance on its IT infrastructure on the night between November 26 and 27, as a result of which there might be disruptions in services. The work will start on Thursday, November 26 and continue until 3 a.m. on Friday, November 27. The maintenance works may cause disruptions between 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. in the following services: ID1…

Finland orders Helsinki-Tallinn ferry link maintained

Monday, November 23, 2020

Finnish transport authority Traficom has decided to order the Helsinki-Tallinn ferry connection maintained to curb coronavirus damages. The procurement went the way of Tallink and Viking Line. Traficom issued the temporary maritime traffic and service obligation order on Friday. The aim is to ensure the continuance of maritime transport in the coronavirus situation and enable commuting between Estonia and Finland. “Ship traffic between Finland and Estonia is vital in terms…

Lithuania reports 4,290 new coronavirus cases over weekend

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lithuania reported 2,307 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, in addition to 1,983 infections confirmed on Saturday. Sunday’s figure is the biggest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic. Seventeen Covid-19 deaths were reported on Saturday and 12 more on Sunday. Infections spread in a number of the country’s hospitals, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). The biggest cluster of new cases on Sunday was traced to Mažeikiai…

Latvia confirms 376 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Latvia recorded 376 new COVID-19 cases so far on November 22 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 13,120. 4,079 tests were carried out in the previous 24-hours of which 9.2% were positive, slightly up on the 8.9%% rate the previous day. Fortunately, no deaths were confirmed – for the first time in several weeks. So far 1,635 patients have…

Champion who disappeared. Wife begged to save daughter from Siberia as he fought Nazis in Europe

Sunday, November 22, 2020

American-Lithuanian basketball player Mykolas Ruzgys spent almost two years in Lithuania. During this time, he became a European champion and married his first wife Danutė. But as the Second World War dawned, the family’s misfortunes began. The Soviet occupation in Lithuania forced Ruzgys to leave his family and go back to the United States. While he became a successful basketball coach in Western Europe, his loved ones suffered repressions in…